Monday 18th June 2018
Dolphin Hotel, 412 Crown St, Surry Hills
It’s an original plan, and one that should breathe life and soul into the masterclass format while showing some smart wines from a region many of us are fond of. Rhythms of Rhône will be hosted by wine writer Nick Stock with special guest DJ Luke McAvenna. It’s an immersive, interactive trade event presenting various Côtes du Rhône wines matched with music to capture their style. Among these will be two from Gigondas producer Pierre Amadieu: the 2015 Roulepierre Côtes-du-Rhône and 2012 Gigondas Le Pas de l’Aigle. Chef Monty Koludrovic and his team at the Dolphin Hotel are laying on food to match. Three sessions are taking place between 11am and 5pm on Monday, 18th June. Registrations are necessary – if you’d like to get involved, click here to book your spot.
2015 Pierre Amadieu Côtes-du-Rhône Roulepierre RRP $23
Pale but bright ruby in colour. Classic nose of raspberry and black cherry, liquorice, mixed dried herbs and warm sand. Clean fruit entry onto a palate that is juicy and medium-bodied with good concentration of fresh, ripe fruit. Not oversweet or jubey. This has energy, with sandy tannins and good acidity pushing the fruit to all corners of the mouth and through to a finish that is gently mouthwatering. – Ed Merrison, CellarHand
2012 Pierre Amadieu Gigondas Le Pas de l’Aigle RRP $64
Well this is a bold, juicy mass of Grenache. Dark cherry and plum, liquorice, saucy spice, almost a violet perfume too. Full bodied, fleshy and rich with a ripe mass of tannin, while stone and dried herb cinches it in. Finishes long and succulent, with a wisp of smoke in the aftertaste. Still looking young and vigorous, and likely even better in a few years. 93+ points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front September 2016